Hardee Under Investigation

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating Florida A&M Chief Financial Officer Teresa Hardee and two other university employees.

Teresa Hardee has been the CFO since 2007, after holding the position of internal auditor at North Carolina Central University, under then-president and President of FAMU James Ammons.

According to reports from the university, Hardee has been working toward her executive doctorate in higher education from the University of Pennsylvania.

As a student, she was given permission from FAMU to make required trips the Pennsylvania to attend classes.

An anonymous accusation was made to FDLE on April 18, after discrepancies were discovered in the time Hardee claimed she was in Pennsylvania.

The accusation stated her time away from FAMU for travel to Pennsylvania did not match the amount of time Hardee was approved to take leave, particularly, her use of “work-from-home status” used on her Wednesday travel days during the time.

Two other university employees, Michael Boone, director of business process re-engineering, and Nancy Cotton, the iRattler manager, are also mentioned in reports of having been involved in the alleged discrepancy, just months after FAMU had to downsize its faculty and staff and cut dozens of programs.

FAMU has confirmed the investigation relating to Hardee.

“FDLE has not been on campus to seize any hardware (from Hardee), such as computers,” said Christie Gordon, public information officer for FDLE.